5 Milwaukee Brewers Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

5 Milwaukee Brewers Who Deserve NL All-Star Votes

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No one really picked the Milwaukee Brewers to win the NL Central before the season, but it certainly looks like a real possibility now. We knew the Brew Crew would knock the cover off the ball with their bats, but if the pitching continues to do so well, the Brewers will coast their way to a division crown. Here are five Brewers who deserve to play on the 2014 NL All-Star Team.

5. Jonathan Lucroy

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5. Jonathan Lucroy

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At this point in time, Jonathan Lucroy is the best catcher in baseball. He brings excellent defense and even better offense. In 287 plate appearances, he is hitting .340/.401/.537 with a 160 wRC+. He has six runs above average on defense this season as well.

4. Carlos Gomez

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4. Carlos Gomez

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Carlos Gomez is one of the best all-around players in baseball. He has a rare combination of speed and power which makes him extremely versatile. Gomez is hitting .313/.379/.547 with a wRC+ of 157. He also has 12 homers and 11 stolen bases this season.

3. Ryan Braun

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3. Ryan Braun

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I didn’t know what to expect from a clean Ryan Braun, but he hasn’t taken much of a step down this year. In 238 plate appearances, Braun is hitting .284/.332/.505 with 10 homers. He’s no longer the best outfielder on his team, but he’s still an elite player.

2. Kyle Lohse

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2. Kyle Lohse

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He certainly isn’t a dominant pitcher, but he is a workhorse that gives the Brew Crew some excellent innings. He has thrown 102 innings in 2014 with a 3.09 ERA. He isn’t overpowering, but he has very good control and has gotten the job done this year.

1. Will Smith

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1. Will Smith

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Relievers don’t normally make the All-Star team without racking up the overrated save stat, but Will Smith certainly deserves a look. In 33.2 innings, Smith has a 1.07 ERA with 11.23 K/9. He has been dominant and he needs to be in the All-Star game.

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